Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Texas

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Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
Harlingen, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Arturo J. Cavazos
Enrollment:18,422 students
Number of schools:29
Budget: $141.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:George McShan
Board members:7
Term length:3
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves the city of Harlingen. It is the 63rd-largest school district in Texas, serving 18,422 students in 29 schools with an operating budget of $141.3 million.[1]

About the district

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is located in Cameron County, Texas
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is located in Cameron County, Texas. The county seat of Cameron County is Brownsville. The county's population was 406,220 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Cameron County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 14.9% of Cameron County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Cameron County had a median income of $32,558 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Cameron County was 34.9% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Cameron County (%) Texas (%)
White 97.3 80.6
Black or African American 0.8 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 0.8 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 0.4 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 88.4 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]


The superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is Dr. Arturo J. Cavazos, who was appointed to the position in November 2013. Prior to his post, Cavazos served as the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Transformation and School Support. He has served as an educator and administrator since 1987.[4]

School board

The Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected by district to three-year terms.[5]

Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees
Member Position Place # Term Ends
George McShan President Place 6 2015
Javier De Leon Vice President Place 2 2017
Greg Powers Secretary Place 3 2016
Gerry Fleuriet Trustee Place 1 2017
Cesar Maldonado Trustee Place 4 2015
Nolan Perez Trustee Place 5 2015
Verna Young Trustee Place 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees are elected by district to three-year terms. On May 10, 2014, board members in Places 1 and 2 were re-elected to their seats respectively, as there was no one to challenge their positions. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:

As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. [6]

—Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District's website, (2011), [7]


Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $94,963,573 67.2% $4,597,827 3.3% $38,769,297 27.4% $1,355,000 1% $1,612,067 1.1% $141,297,764
Averages: $94,963,573 67% $4,597,827 3% $38,769,297 27% $1,355,000 1% $1,612,067 1% $141,297,764

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 43,000 57,500
MA 44,000 58,500
MA (If teaching in content area of degree) 45,000 59,500
Doctorate 46,000 60,500

Schools in Harlingen CISD


Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District serves 18,422 students. Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[10]

District schools

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Schools
School Name
Austin Elementary School
Bonham Elementary School
Bowie Elementary School
Coakley Middle School
Crockett Elementary School
Dishman Elementary School
Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy
Early College High School
Gutierrez Middle School
Harlingen High School
Harlingen High School South
Houston Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
KEYS Academy
Lamar Elementary School
Lee H. Means Elementary School
Long Elementary School
Memorial Middle School
Milam Elementary School
New Pathways Center
Rodriguez Elementary School
Secondary Alternative Center
Stuart Place Elementary School
Travis Elementary School
Treasure Hills Elementary School
Vela Middle School
Vernon Middle School
Wilson Elementary School
Zavala Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 84 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[12]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 27,885 39,435 71 50
Student Progress 1,086 3,200 34 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,039 1,500 69 50
Postsecondary Readiness 688.4 800 86 75

Contact information

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Harlingen School Board
407 N. 77 Sunshine Strip
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 430-9500

See also

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